Put your academic goals within reach. UMGC offers more than 100 scholarships to help students like you achieve your educational goals. Each year, we award more than $6 million in scholarship funds to more than 3,500 students.
UMGC foundational scholarships are available to students based on merit and/or financial need. Award amounts vary by scholarship. Specially designated scholarships are available for undergraduate students, graduate students, community college transfers, students in certain academic programs, military servicemembers, veterans, military spouses, and more.
Interested in a UMGC Scholarship?
1. Complete the FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA, is required for most UMGC foundational scholarships. When you apply for financial aid, you will automatically be pre-screened for scholarship eligibility. (See instructions on how to apply for financial aid at UMGC.)
2. Wait for Notification: If you're eligible for a UMGC foundational scholarship, we'll let you know. Students who have met the minimum GPA and credit requirements will receive an e-mail notifying them of scholarship eligibility via the "To Do" list in MyUMGC. You may even be eligible for more than one scholarship! Notifications usually go out mid-summer. Please note that meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee that you will receive a UMGC scholarship.
3. Apply Early: Scholarship awards are based on funding availability so if you're notified that you're eligible, fill out the universal scholarship application in MyUMGC as soon as possible. It's also important to submit your FAFSA early each year, as many of scholarships can be renewed from year to year if you continue to maintain your eligibility requirements.
Important: You do not need to apply to specific scholarships, as this universal application will be used to find all scholarships that match your specific eligibility.
Note: Employees of UMGC and their dependents, as well as those who receive remission of fees from other institutions, are not eligible to apply for UMGC foundational scholarships or to receive UMGC foundational grants.
Other Scholarship Sources
Each year, hundreds of thousands of scholarships are awarded by companies and organizations of all types and sizes. In addition to applying for the scholarships administered by UMGC, all students are encouraged to investigate private scholarship opportunities.
There are scholarships for academic or artistic achievements, for students interested in specific fields of study, for residents of certain cities, counties, or states, and for members of religious, ethnic, or under-represented groups.
The easiest way to find scholarship opportunities is to use online scholarship search engines. There are several free websites that can help you identify suitable scholarship programs by comparing your personal circumstances against a database of scholarships.
Also, be on the lookout for local scholarships. Generally, there may be less competition for scholarships that cover a limited geographical area. To find information on local scholarship opportunities, talk to local community college or high school counselors or check the bulletin board at your local library. If you have a military affiliation, your base's education center or local American Forces Spouse Club may also have leads on local scholarships.
UMGC has compiled a list of external scholarships that are available to military-affiliated students. This list is not an endorsement and should be used as just another source to help you finance your education.